Donald Trump's Communications Director Mike Dubke Resigns - More resignations will likely follow

Claudine Rigal
Juin 1, 2017

White House Communications Director Mike Dubke is finished, the first in what is expected to be a series of staff changes by President Trump.

As he mulls outside reinforcements to his operation, Trump returned late Saturday from his nine-day journey to a White House seemingly in crisis mode, with a barrage of reports hitting close to the Oval Office and involving Jared Kushner, his son-in-law and influential adviser.

As reported by The Washington Examiner, investigation surrounding Russia's alleged involvement in the 2016 USA presidential election has expanded to Trump's son-in-law. "This White House is filled with some of the finest and hardest working men and women in the American Government".

Dubke was a last-minute addition to the administration following the resignation of Jason Miller, who served on Trump's campaign.

Fresh off Trump's first official trip overseas, his administration is looking for ways to respond more aggressively to allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 election and revelations of possible ties between Trump's campaign and Moscow.

Flynn handed in his resignation in February, ousted on grounds that he had misled top White House officials about his contacts with Russian officials.

Dubke was the rare Trump newcomer in a White House in which personal relationships and proximity to the president is the currency. "There will be more changes, but I don't know how fast they are going to come". Dubke served as White House communications director and as assistant to the president for three months.

The disclosure of the back channel has put the White House on the defensive.

The latest reports in the Russian Federation matter said Kushner spoke with Russia's ambassador to the United States about setting up secret communications with Moscow during the presidential transition. The person, like others, spoke on condition of anonymity in order to discuss private conversations. And CNN reported that, during the presidential campaign, US intelligence intercepted Russian officials, saying they had potentially derogatory financial information about Mr. Trump and some top aides.

Earlier in the morning, Trump also tweeted about the USA trade deficit with Germany, writing: "We have a MASSIVE trade deficit with Germany, plus they pay FAR LESS than they should on North Atlantic Treaty Organisation & military".

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